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Previously - Romans 8
a. Living in the Spirit - v12-13
b. Guided by the Spirit - v13-14
c. The Witness of the Spirit - v15-17
Today - Hope in the Suffering with Christ v18-25
A. It Earth disposable:
i. Psalm 24:1 - The erath s the Lords and
everything in it
ii. We worship the God who created Earth
iii. Faithful managers of his creation
B. V18 - Hopeful Realism
i. Hebrew Parallelism: present sufferings
vis-a-vis the glories to come.
ii. The Glory is such, that it is not an even
iii. 2 Co 5:1-4 compares a travelerâ€™s portable tent
(sleeping bag of sorts) to a Corinthian building.
C. V19 - The Longing of Creation
i. Figure of Speech: â€śPersonificationâ€ť, Paul
ascribes personal qualities to creation i.e.
ii. The â€śApocalipsisâ€ť of the children of God
avpoka,luyin apo / kalupto
iii. The public manifestation and unveiling of the
glory of the children of God
iv. Mat 13:43/Dn 12:3/1 Co 6:2, 15:42-43
D. V20-21 - The Fall and its consequent curse on
i. Despite the wonders of nature, we live in an
accursed creation as a result of sin
ii. I do not expect to answer the Theodyssey
iii. Why does an Omnipotent and Loving God allow
suffering? He is neither omnipotent or loving.
E. V22 - An indisputable reality.
i. Creation groans, and has been groaning from the
ii. Atmospheric Calamities, Telluric Disasters,
Ecological Disruptions, Man-made Wrecks in Nature.